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Wait List / Re: Pitt Desperate?
« on: April 27, 2005, 12:20:33 PM »
That's interesting to know.

It's also worth noting that technically Pitt isn't a public school.  It's actually a private school "with state support."  Which means that it's a private school that, a long time ago, made agreements with the commonwealth of PA b/c Pittsburgh was one of the biggest cities in the country (at the time) and didn't have a good public university.  This is why, BTW, Temple is cheaper than Pitt and Pitt's undergraduate is a bit more expensive (around 10k) than most public colleges. 

But it's relevant b/c Pitt isn't required to follow any requirement or guideline for how many state residents they must admit -- as many other public schools are (wisconsin, iowa, texas, virginia, tennessee -- the list goes on).


You're kinda right.  Pitt is a public university.  It just isn't a state school.  Neither is Penn State, actually, though the name would deceive one into thinking that.  The standard way of talking about the schools is that they are "state-funded national universities."  So Pitt's non-requiurement to accept in-staters isn't because they are private, but because they are not a state school (state schools in PA would Edinboro, Slippery Rock, Clarion, Kutztown, etc). 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Need some help - Pitt or Villanova?
« on: April 25, 2005, 12:20:45 PM »
Visit each campus before you decide.  Pittsburgh used to be a steel town.  Food stinks there, and bread molds quickly if you leave it out on the table.  Good luck.

Depends on what kinda food, but there is nothing that Philly has, save cheesesteaks and pretzels, that you can't in pittsburgh, just as good and cheaper.

The steel town comment is pretty unhelpful, too.  It is nothing like a steel town these days, and is more of a high-tech/healthcare based economy.  It's also a very clean and safe city, insanely cheap to live in, and pretty fun, so long as a booming club scene isn't your thing.

But yeah, visit both (and philly).  Villanova is in a beautiful area, though I'd prefer Pittsburgh over Philly anyday.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / New Pitt Law Dean
« on: April 21, 2005, 02:23:57 PM »
http://tinyurl.com/ae5y2  Read about it there. 

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: What's it like in the North?
« on: April 20, 2005, 10:54:15 AM »
Silly ass! I was summarizing the OP's concerns.  Way to recognize the thread!  ::) (Doing my best to live up to the expectations of condescension. By the way, NH isn't condescending in my experience; it is suspicious, though.)

Keep up the good work. You're truly a goodwill ambassador for the North.

I'm glad to know NH has a different attitude...why do you think they're suspicious, though? Is it the whole "Live Free or Die" thing or is it just that they're tiny?

Not sure, it's just something I've noticed every time I visited.  It could be that I was acting like an a$$ at the time, though.  I kinda wish NH were this haven of gov-suspicious libertarians, but I've never heard of anything like that being the case. 

That's a shame; I'd like it even more if it was. You? Acting like an ass? I don't buy it. Maybe it's the state-owned liquor stores. I've never appreciated states that do that.

that's one of my least favorite things about PA.  I hate the idea on principle, though it isn't as big of as hassle as most people seem to think it is (alternatively, I just don't drink enough for it to be a hassle).  crap, is it hastle?  I got to go look that word up.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: What's it like in the North?
« on: April 20, 2005, 10:22:13 AM »
Silly ass! I was summarizing the OP's concerns.  Way to recognize the thread!  ::) (Doing my best to live up to the expectations of condescension. By the way, NH isn't condescending in my experience; it is suspicious, though.)

Keep up the good work. You're truly a goodwill ambassador for the North.

I'm glad to know NH has a different attitude...why do you think they're suspicious, though? Is it the whole "Live Free or Die" thing or is it just that they're tiny?

Not sure, it's just something I've noticed every time I visited.  It could be that I was acting like an a$$ at the time, though.  I kinda wish NH were this haven of gov-suspicious libertarians, but I've never heard of anything like that being the case. 

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5)closer to Mexico, which is much more cool than being close to Canada

Is this true?  Even Eureka and north of there? 


I can add a few things here.

California is awesome for people who love the outdoors.  There are virtually no outdoor activities not readily available in CA, and there are many places where such activities are enjoyed ideally in CA.  In the Bay Area alone, I can think of 10+ places that make me long for a return to CA based on astounding natural beauty alone. 

There are two styles of laid back, imo.  Southern and CA.  CA is vastly preferable, but annoying at times.  When I first live in CA, I noticed how everyone feigned excitement for whatever projects I might happen to voice an interest in.  "That's awesome!" or "rad!"  and if I described anything I might be doing on a weekend (say, desert hike), I heard the response: Wow, that place is amAAAAAAAAzing.  get used to hearing a long drawn out 'A' in amazing.  but no one gave a *&^% if you had some weird fetish, it seemed, as long as it wasn't racism or something that bothered them.  (contrast this with southern style, where laid back means not working, and speaking slower than ever imagined.)

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: What's it like in the North?
« on: April 20, 2005, 10:05:07 AM »
Have I got this about right?

1. You've never been to the north.

2. You're top choices are/include FP and Syracuse.

Therefore,

3. You are going to turn into an icicle.  Only Minnesota and the Dakotas get as cold as NH, and Syracuse is no better.

4. You'll see how much prettier (nature/scenery) the north is.

5. You'll feel embarassed for worrying about sweet tea, though you won't miss it once you learned to drink hot cocoa/coffee/tea (those are three different items).

Almost. I have been to the North, but never lived there. My top choice is Pierce. I think someone else is considering Syracuse. I don't doubt it's pretty, I'm just not sure I'll be able to tell with all of the snow piled on top of everything.

I don't like sweet tea. Iced tea with no sugar or lemon, yes. I can make my own...it's no big deal. Even an ignorant Southerner such as myself has experienced coffee, cocoa, and tea. Further I realize they are indeed separate beverages. Perhaps the biggest adaptation to the North will be learning to deal with the ever-condescending attitudes...

Silly ass! I was summarizing the OP's concerns.  Way to recognize the thread!  ::) (Doing my best to live up to the expectations of condescension. By the way, NH isn't condescending in my experience; it is suspicious, though.)

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: What's it like in the North?
« on: April 20, 2005, 10:03:20 AM »

How can you call the north pretty? The sun goes away in NH from Oct through May.
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Well, if it wasn't obvious . . .

(Sun--->Pretty) is not a valid conditional to me.  Nor to most people, for that matter.  Also, there is a lot of sun in NH from Oct to May.  Only by living in Pittsburgh, can one grasp the meaning of "overcast."  

The only place in the south, to me, that can rival the natural beauty of NH would be eastern Tennessee/western NC, but not really.

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FWIW: I turned down a few higher ranked schools (one rather significantly higher) for Pitt.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: What's it like in the North?
« on: April 20, 2005, 09:37:37 AM »
Have I got this about right?

1. You've never been to the north.

2. You're top choices are/include FP and Syracuse.

Therefore,

3. You are going to turn into an icicle.  Only Minnesota and the Dakotas get as cold as NH, and Syracuse is no better.

4. You'll see how much prettier (nature/scenery) the north is.

5. You'll feel embarassed for worrying about sweet tea, though you won't miss it once you learned to drink hot cocoa/coffee/tea (those are three different items).

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